OXFORD, Ohio—A pair of second-half goals by junior forward/midfielder Kelsey Dinges lifted Miami University’s soccer team to a 2-0 win over the University of Toledo on Sunday afternoon at the Miami Soccer Field. Miami (8-6-2; 5-1-2 Mid-American Conference) recorded its ninth shutout and its eighth shutout win of the season and extended its unbeaten streak to seven straight games. Toledo dropped to 5-10-1 on the season and 2-5-1 in MAC action.
“I was pleased with it our effort today,” said head coach Bobby Kramig. “I thought we played very well. I thought it was a good, solid professional effort on our part. We did the things that we needed to do to get the result, and I’m just really proud of our players.”
The teams played 61 scoreless minutes before Dinges put a long shot from 30 yards out past the Rockets’ goalkeeper off a pass from sophomore midfielder Jess Bronke at 61:03. It was the second game-winning goal for Dinges this season.
With one tick left on the clock, Dinges struck again, knocking in a goal from 10 yards out on a free kick. Freshman midfielder Jenna Weiner earned the assist on the goal, which was scored at 89:59.
“It’s been an interesting two weeks with Kelsey,” remarked Kramig. “We haven’t started her in the last four games. She’s been transitioning from midfield to up front, and Kelsey has handled it like a pro. She’s had a good attitude the whole time, and what a response. She doubled her season goal total in one weekend.”
With five saves against the Rockets, senior goalkeeper Allison Norenberg notched her eighth shutout of the season and added to her Miami career record for shutouts, notching the 20th of her RedHawk career. With her eighth shutout of the season, Norenberg tied the Miami single-season record that she also equaled a season ago. It was the fifth straight shutout for Norenberg and the RedHawks.
Miami withstood a barrage of shots in the second half from the Rockets, who tallied 10 of their 12 shots for the game in the last 45 minutes. The RedHawks took 11 shots, six on goal, posting six shots in the first half and five in the second.
The RedHawks conclude a three-match home stretch on Friday, Oct. 25, hosting Central Michigan at 3 p.m. Miami then hits the road for matches at Bowling Green on Sunday, Oct. 27 and at Ball State on Thursday, Oct. 31 to round out the regular season.